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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
Education will sustain a painful hit in a new State of Illinois spending plan unveiled today during Gov. Pat Quinn’s annual budget address. Calling it the “most difficult budget ever,” the governor said the state must solve its public-employee pension crisis, which will drain nearly $7 billion of the Illinois general revenue in the coming...
Clersida Garcia
Clersida Garcia, associate professor in the NIU College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, has been appointed to a four-year seat on the Governor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness. Garcia, a 22-year veteran in the field of physical education, has given more than 100 presentations at state, national and international conferences and...
Noemi Rodriguez, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Emily Prieto
Before Noemi Rodriguez began classes at NIU, she interned at Children’s Memorial Hospital. “I fell in love with the nurses at Children’s Memorial. I admired their work,” says Rodriguez, a sophomore nursing major from Chicago. “There are some respectable nurses, and there are bad nurses, and I will become a respectable nurse. I love the...
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
Gov. Pat Quinn delivered his State of the State Message today to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly. Governors typically use the State of the State to highlight their priorities and to call on the General Assembly to act on these priorities. Details on implementation – and the resources needed to accomplish these...
In Springfield … Last week, the Illinois House of Representatives began its Spring Session. On Wednesday, the House adopted rules that will govern its operations over the next two years (the 98th General Assembly), and House committee appointments were announced. Thursday’s House session was canceled, and the Senate did not convene. Next week should see...
A rubber duck bathtub toy
The 97th General Assembly came to a close late in the afternoon Tuesday, Jan. 8, when both the House of Representatives and the Senate adjourned sine die. The members of the 98th General Assembly were inaugurated at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Logo of the Illinois Open Technology Challenge
NIU-Rockford will host one of four events this month sponsored by the Illinois Open Technology Challenge. The event is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Room 101 of the NIU regional center at 8500 E. State St. ILOpenTech brings governments, developers and communities together in a common mission to use public...
A committee of lawmakers in Springfield endorsed a proposal Monday that would enact sweeping changes to the state’s employee pension system. Under the plan endorsed by the House Personnel and Pensions Committee (on a 6-3 vote) the changes would include: A six-year suspension of the annual 3 percent cost of living increase currently given to retirees....
'Road to Retirement' highway sign
A group of Illinois university professors and administrators has released a plan to reform the retirement system for university employees. An Institute of Government and Public Affairs proposal released Monday recommends letting workers trade a portion of their guaranteed benefits for a lump-sum payment which would go into a self-managed retirement account. “Consideration of a...
THANKS IN ADVANCE! in a comic strip word bubble
Flanked by children yelling “Thanks in Advance” through red megaphones, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled a campaign Sunday, Nov. 18, to call attention to the state’s pension funding problems. Quinn said in a press release, “Children have a critical stake in pension reform and that’s why we are here today calling Illinois citizens to action....
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will visit the NIU Latino Resource Center Friday, Nov. 16, as part of a statewide tour to promote affordable higher education. Simon, who is Gov. Pat Quinn’s point person on education reform, is urging state, federal and higher education leaders to work together to keep college affordable. Such collaboration could enable ...
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Buckle up and drive safely! Police will be out in force both day and night as part of the 2012 Thanksgiving Mobilization in the late-night fight against impaired driving and seat belt law violators. The 2012 holiday campaign runs from Monday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 25. During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, eight people...
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